Artist, children’s-book author, and illustrator Tull Suwannakit (or with one L in some countries), received a Bachelor of Fine Art in animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. He began his professional art career as a set designer and sculptor for an animation studio in New York. In 2011, Tull completed his M FA from RMIT in Melbourne, and his work has been extensively exhibited in galleries in Australia, Poland, Thailand, and Italy.
Tull has been writing and illustrating picture books since 2011, with books being published in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US, and Thailand, as well as being translated into more than six languages worldwide. His picture book What Happens Next? received critical acclaim from ABC News, and the Sydney Morning Herald, and has been included as part of the Australian Children’s Book Illustration Exhibition: Showcasing Notable Picture Books 2013–2014 in Bologna, Italy. Tull works mostly with watercolor and loose sketchy pencils of animals that oftentimes stumble and blend into the human world. Tull bases most of his illustrations on people he knows, pets, or sometimes just the strangers he meets. The design for Sad the Dog was based on his pet dog, Soya.
Three Things You Might Not Know About Tull:
1. When Tull is not working on his books, he works at his art school (Malvern School of Art) in Melbourne, Australia, where he teaches art to young kids and runs taxidermy workshops for adults.
2. Tull has lived a nomadic life since childhood. Born in Thailand, he grew up in Singapore. He moved to the US in 1999 and spent the next six years there. He moved back to Thailand in 2006 and eventually made Australia his permanent home.
3. Tull is quite obsessed with action figures and has about more than 3,000 items in his collection either on display in his house or secretly hidden away from his wife. He promised to share them with his son when he gets a little older.